Another postponement expected in Zuma, Thales case

Zuma and Thales face corruption, money laundering and racketeering charges linked to a multibillion-rand arms deal.

FILE: Former South African President Jacob Zuma, along with co-accused, Thales representative Christine Guerrier, appeared in the Durban High Court on 8 June 2018. He is charged with 16 counts that include fraud‚ corruption and racketeering. Picture: Felix Dlangamandla/Pool.

DURBAN - The case against former President Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thales returns to court on Tuesday morning.

Zuma and Thales face corruption, money laundering and racketeering charges linked to a multibillion-rand arms deal.

It’s expected the matter will be postponed on Tuesday pending the outcome of Thales’ application to have racketeering charges against it dropped.

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Zuma is alleged to have received bribes from Thales via his then-financial advisor Shabir Shaik.

The French arms company believes the National Prosecuting Authority lacks the necessary evidence to charge it with racketeering.

It has argued that it had a legitimate business relationship with Shaik and was unaware of his deals with Zuma.

Legal expert advocate Mannie Witz said: “That’s one of the interlocutory matters. You can’t proceed with the trial until you’ve received a decision on that particular application.”

Meanwhile, Zuma’s supporters want the matter to be struck off the roll.

Nkosentsha Shezi is among them: “The matter will keep on being postponed due to lack of evidence.”

Eyewitness News understands that Tuesday’s postponement has already been agreed on by both the NPA and the Defence.

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